KASPER BANLUSAK HALKIER (DENMARK)

Attorney specialised in copyright law. CEO of the Danish CMO Create Denmark since 2016

TEODORA MARKOVA (BULGARIA)

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LAËTITIA KULYK (FRANCE)

Laëtitia Kulyk has been the Managing Director of La Guilde Française des Scénaristes (La Guilde) since May 2021. She earned a PhD in social sciences/cultural policy from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2020) with her thesis National cinemas in global times: an approach to globalization, diversity, and identity in Europe today. Laëtitia served as Director and Attachée for audiovisual cooperation for the French-language film festival at the French Embassy in Greece, coordinated the MEDIA program at Europa Cinemas, and worked for the National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image (CNC). She has freelanced as a lecturer at the University Paris 3 in the economics, law and sociology of cinema, as an expert for the MEDIA program of the European Commission, and on project development for the CNC. 

JACOB LUDVIGSEN (DENMARK)

Film and TV editor of the Danish culture media outlet Soundvenue. Deputy chairman of the association of Danish Film Critics.

LARYSA MATSEVA (UKRAINE)

Larуsa Martseva is a Ukrainian screenwriter and television producer. Her scripts for popular TV series have topped Ukrainian ratings and include Central Hospital, Cop Wars, and Chasing the Fire. In total, Larysa has written nearly 300 hours of prime-time television. She is also a scriptwriter on the Ukrainian-Lithuanian series With My Own Eyes (which will be released on October 6 this year), the first drama about the events of the war in Ukraine. Larysa taught screenwriting and storytelling at 1+1 Media School for six years and is also the author of the children's book The Little Fan Nicknamed Storm

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PETER HENNING (GERMANY)

Prof. Peter Henning, M.A., is a German writer/director, board member of the German Screenwriters Guild (VDD) and Professor of Screenwriting at the Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf”. After completing his M.A. in media studies, he studied at the dffb (Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin). Together with Claudia Prietzel, he wrote and/or directed multiple feature films including the prizewinning WDR-Production Schande, Tatort – Sheherazade, and Kuppke, and has been nominated several times fort the Adolf-Grimme-Preis. His work includes video art, theater direction, and virtual reality projects. Peter is currently developing the trans-media project Die Ankunft in cooperation with Radio Bremen and Filmunversität Babelberg and is also leading the joint remuneration agreement (JRA) negotiations for the VDD.   

JENNY LUND MADSEN (DENMARK)

Jenny Lund Madsen has written numerous episodes for a wide variety of Danish series including Follow the Money, Rita, Mercur, and Sjit Happens. In 2021, she was the creator and head writer behind the 24-episode family series Cosmic Christmas, and next year her latest feature film premieres. Jenny studied screenwriting at UCLA and holds a master's degree in film studies from the University of Copenhagen. She has been a board member of the Danish Writers Guild since 2015.  

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ANDERS WEIDEMANM (SWEDEN)

Anders Weidemann is a writer-producer of series and features in both Sweden and the US. His credits include the critically acclaimed series 30 Degrees in February (SVT) and HBO’s Beartown. In partnership with John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), Weidemann is the co-creator and executive producer of Interrogation which premiered on CBS in 2020 to great praise in the American press. This makes Weidemann the first Swedish screenwriter to write and produce an American TV series based on his own original idea.  

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ABOUT FATHERS AND MOTHERS

FATHERS AND MOTHERS is a satirical comedy about the married couple Piv and Ulrik, who have to fight for a place in the parent group in their daughter's new school. The power structures of parenthood are laid bare as we take a deep dive deeper into an institutional culture that tends to forget the children and bring out the worst in the adults. Piv and Ulrik’s face considerable challenges to be recognized in the parent group. But what are you not willing to do for your child? 

FATHERS AND MOTHERS is the third time director Paprika Steen collaborates with screenwriter Jakob Weis.  

KEREN MARGALIT (ISRASEL)

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SIGURIJÓN KJARTANSSON (ICELAND)

Writer-producer Sigurjón Kjartansson has been making television programs for more than a quarter of a century. He was the showrunner on Trapped (2015-2021) and co-creator of Netflix‘s Katla (2021). The former Head of Development at RVK Studios, Kjartansson has recently formed his own production company: S800. He is currently in development on a dramatic series for the Icelandic National Broadcaster, RUV, and his first feature movie is also in the works. 

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JULIE ANDEM (NORWAY)

Julie Andem is the creator, writer, and director of the internationally acclaimed young adult series SKAM (NRK). Through powerful storytelling and revolutionary real-time distribution via social media, the Norwegian web series became one of the most successful in Scandinavia. Storylines address social issues faced by many teens, including loneliness, isolation, sexual harassment, gay identity, and religious/ethnic differences. The innovative use of online trans-media platforms to propel engagement between and beyond episodes earned the show a huge and loyal fan base around the world. Julie has worked on web drama series for children and teens since 2008. She also produced and directed the first season of the American adaptation SKAM Austin for Facebook Watch. 

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ADAM PRICE (DENMARK)

Adam Price is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He most recently finished the fourth season of Borgen (DR 2010-2022), which has received a BAFTA for Best International Drama, a Prix Italia and Peabody award, and the Danish TV Award for Best Drama for 3 consecutive years. His TV series Ragnarok (Netflix 2020) is available in over 190 countries, and he was the creator and writer of the TV series Ride Upon the Storm (DR Drama, 2017-2018). Adam also stars as a TV chef with his brother James in the TV show Spise med Price (Eating with the Price Brothers). He is a co-founder, writer-creator, and executive producer at SAM Productions and studied law at the University of Copenhagen.  

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CURRO ROYO (SPAIN)

For ten seasons, Curro Royo wrote the critically acclaimed and award-winning Spanish series Cuentame (TVE). He was the showrunner and creator of Hernan (Amazon/Dopamine) and Desaparecidos (Amazon/Mediaset) and is currently developing a new series with Endemol Shine Boomdog (Mexico) and Endemol Shine North America for HBO Max. Curro holds a Master’s in Scriptwriting and a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is a member of the Spanish Writers Guild (ALMA) and Vice President of the Spanish CMO, DAMA. 

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JEPPE GJERVIG GRAM (DENMARK)

Jeppe Gjervig Gram (b. 1976) co-created the first Danish political drama series, Borgen, with head writer Adam Price, and personally wrote 14 out of the 30 episodes. He was awarded a BAFTA and a Peabody for his work. His debut as a showrunner on Follow The Money, about corporate crime, was selected for the Berlinale in both 2015 and 2019, took home a string of national and international TV awards, and was sold in numerous countries. Gram recently helped to establish the European Showrunner Programme with the ifs (International Film School) in Cologne and is serving as its Head of Programme. 

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SEBASTIAN ANDRAE (GERMANY) 

Sebastian Andrae, born 1968 in Hamburg and living in Berlin, is a screenwriter, director, and Executive Board Member of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD) /Writer's Guild of Germany. He has also held several positions on the FFA (German Federal Film Board). Sebastian has written more than 130 series episodes and feature films. His sitcom, Magda macht das schon (Magda does it better), won the German Television Award, an International Rose d'Or nomination, and his long-running children's TV series, Tiere bis unters Dach, won first prize of the expert jury at the Chicago Children's Film Festival. 

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ELLEN STUTZMAN (USA) 

Ellen Stutzman is an Assistant Executive Director for the Writers Guild of America West (WGA). She currently oversees the Guild’s Legal Services, Agency, Contracts, and Research & Public Policy programs and serves as a Trustee of the Guild’s Health and Pension plans. With sixteen years of experience at the Guild, her work has included strategic research to support collective bargaining, organizing and contract enforcement, as well as the development of a public policy agenda that advances the interest of writers, including support of an Open Internet, limits on media consolidation, and pension and health protections. Ellen holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

MARIE ROUSSIN (FRANCE) 

Marie Roussin is a French screenwriter and showrunner. She recently created, and was the showrunner for, Mixte/Voltaire High,Prime Video'sfirst French original, released worldwide in 2021 to critical and public acclaim. A UCLA Extension alumnus, Marie first worked as a staff writer on several successful French shows including Fais pas ci, fais pas ça (France 2), Les Bleus (M6), Odysseus (Arte), and Un village français (France 3). She worked in the US alongside Tom Fontana for Borgia'sthird season (Canal+) and in 2015 became the head writer for the adaptation, writing, and creation of Polseres Vermelles/Les Bracelets Rouges, a major hit for France's top broadcaster (TF1). Marie was also a writer for Netflix's record-breaking Lupin. She has served as President of the French Writer’s Guild since 2020.  

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BELINDE RUTH STIEVE (GERMANY) 

Belinde Ruth Stieve is a German film and TV actress who has been working as an independent analyst and consultant on gender and diversity in film and television for nearly ten years. In 2016, she invented NEROPATM Neutral Roles Parity, a method to increase the share of female characters and diversify casts. Belinde is the author of the Series Report 2022 on female writers and creators in German productions 2017-21. Her collaborations include funding bodies, broadcasters, film associations, producers, festivals, and film schools.

MANJU REIJMER (NETHERLANDS) 

Manju Reijmer (32) is a screenwriter of young adult shows including De Slet van 6VWO, about a high schooler whose nude picture is leaked, and Vakkenvullers, about first jobs at a supermarket. Both shows pioneered online drama in The Netherlands, getting millions of views on YouTube, and are credited with bringing younger audiences back to the public broadcaster (NPO). His most recent show, Koeriers, is a dramedy about a group of Black delivery workers battling gentrification. Manju currently works as a commissioning editor in charge of acquiring new content for the local Dutch streamer, Videoland. 

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PIETER BART KORTHUIS (NETHERLANDS) 

Pieter Bart Korthuis (1971) is a Dutch screenwriter and director. He's the creator of the Netflix show Dirty Lines (2022) and co-wrote the political miniseries The Year of Fortuyn (2022). Pieter wrote and created Fighter’s Heart (2015) and the hit Dutch series Penoza, which was remade in seven countries, including the United States (Red Widow), Sweden (Gåsmamman) and India (Aarya, nominated for the International Emmy Awards, 2021). The screenplay he wrote with Maarten Lebens for the television movie The Strongest Man in Holland won the Prix D' Europe for best television drama and was also nominated for an International Emmy. Pieter is chairman of the Dutch Screenwriters Guild and lives in Amsterdam. 

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CAROLIN OTTO (GERMANY) 

Carolin Otto (PhD) has been a scriptwriter and director since 1995. She studied documentary film and scriptwriting at the Munich Film Academy (HFF) and received her doctorate at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She worked as a scriptwriter for many popular series and films including Bier Royal, and was author, director and producer of the feature films Aphrodite's Night and The White Raven. Carolin has been the president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) since 2019. 

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ALEX HARIDI (SWEDEN) 

Alex Haridi (b. 1979) is a Swedish screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. Fresh out of high school, he was hired as a soap opera writer at the age of 19. He has since written numerous feature films, novels, children’s books, and radio plays. His work in television includes the internationally successful series Real Humans, Quicksand, and Love & Anarchy. He is the chairman of the Writer’s guild of Sweden.

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PETER SCHOENNING (DENMARK) 

Peter Schoenning is a lawyer with expertise in the field of copyright law. He works as a legal advisor for the Danish Writers Guild, among others. 

DAVID KAVANAGH (IRELAND) 

Before becoming the Executive Officer of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), David Kavanagh worked as CEO of the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI), Film Officer of the Arts Council of Ireland, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Institute and General Secretary of the European Script Fund. He was a Board Member of the Light House Cinema Exhibition and Distribution Company, and is a member of both the Irish Film and Television Academy and the European Film Academy. 

ANA PINEDA (SPAIN) 

Ana Pineda is the CEO of ALMA, the Writers Guild of Spain. She holds a law degree, master’s degrees in taxation and sociology, and graduated from fundraising studies at Indiana University. Since her appointment, the membership of ALMA has increased more than 80%, the Guild has consolidated as a film & TV sector reference and achieved key changes in legislation and public funding. Between 2019 and 2022, Ana served on the FSE board, brought ALMA into the IAWG, and was involved in the pursuit of fair remuneration and regulations in both the EU Parliament and Spanish Legislature.   

THOMAS MCLAUGHLIN (IRELAND) 

Thomas McLaughlin was born in Belfast, went to Keele University in England and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of a Bass Ireland Bursary (theatre), the Prix Futura (radio) and Writers Guild of Ireland Zebbie award (continuing TV drama). He is a former Chair of the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) and is currently Chair of the Policy and Research Group of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). Thomas played a space pirate in a Hollywood movie, and fronted cult (2 albums, no sales) band Light A Big Fire. He lives in Dublin. 

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SØREN FRELLESEN (DENMARK)

Screenwriter, director, host and TV presenter with an undying love for cinema and cinematic history. 

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NIKOLAJ SCHERFIG (DENMARK)

Nikolaj Scherfig is a Danish screenwriter and graduate of the Danish Film School. He wrote screenplays for documentaries, features, and television, before dedicating most of his time to writing crime series: The Bridge (2011-2018) and Heartless (2014). He is also credited as script consultant on several Danish feature films including The Cartel (2014) and The Idealist (2015). Nikolaj is Chair of the Danish Writers Guild

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LISA AMBJÖRN (SWEDEN)

Lisa Ambjörn graduated from The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in screenwriting. She has since worked on several well-received shows. Her first original series was the critically acclaimed comedy Sick (2021), which was dubbed “Without a doubt the funniest thing that will ever be made about cervical cancer” by the critics. Lisa followed up that success with the hit teen drama, Young Royals (2021), which became her international breakthrough. 

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ALEX LEVINE (CANADA)

Alex Levine is an award-winning writer and producer whose work spans multiple genres and formats, from animation to live-action, half-hour comedy to hour-long drama. Levine is best known for his work on the hit sci-fi series Orphan Black. Additional live-action credits include Another Life, Flashpoint, King, The Border, What Would Sal Do and Utopia Falls. He’s been a member of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) since 2006 and President of the WGC council since 2021. 

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JANNIK TAI MOSHOLT (DENMARK)

Jannik Tai Mosholt graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a screenwriter in 2005. Since then, he has worked on multiple TV series and feature films. Jannik created the two internationally popular Netflix shows The Rain, and Chosen, and was executive producer on the Elves series.

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EMMA REEVES (GREAT BRITAIN)

Emma Reeves’ TV credits include The Beaker Girls and My Mum Tracy Beaker(lead writer); The Demon Headmaster (lead writer); The Worst Witch (lead writer); three seasons of Eve (lead writer and co-creator); several episodes of The Dumping Ground, Hetty Feather, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and many more. Awards include three WGGB awards for Best Children’s TV Episode, two British Screenwriters’ Awards for Best Children’s Show and two nominations for Best Drama in the Children’s BAFTAs.

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BARBARA PERSYN (BELGIUM)

Barbara Persyn has been an advocate for copyright for more than 10 years. As a legal specialist in intellectual property, she began her career working for a collective management organization and continued to defend authors’ rights by lobbying for the EU Copyright Directive and its implementation in national law. Barbara currently works with (screen)writers, directors, illustrators, and film composers. In 2022, she joined Scenaristengilde (Flemish Screenwriters Guild) and commenced negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with Flemish directors and producers. She continues to strive for fair remuneration for screenwriters.

MARGRÉT ORNOLFSDOTTIR (ICELAND)

Margrét is one of Iceland’s most experienced and prominent screenwriters. She started her career as a musician and gradually moved to screenwriting, primarily TV drama. Her writing credits include the series The Valhalla Murders, Trapped (Season 2) and Prisoners. Margrét has has been the Chair of The Icelandic Dramatists Union since 2013, she’s on the board of The Federation of Icelandic Artists, the Nordic Dramatists Union and vice chair of the Icelandic Film Council.

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MICHELE MULRONEY (USA)

Michele Mulroney is an LA-based writer/director/producer with over 20 years’ experience. Along with her writing partner, Kieran Mulroney, she has worked extensively as a script doctor on 30+ features and is an alumna of the Sundance Writers and Directors Labs, where she developed her debut film, Paper Man. Additional writing credits include Wishbone for PBS, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Power Rangers. Her current projects include Big Thunder Mountain (Disney), Sister & Suzy, an original feminist vigilante feature (Kroll & Co.) and as writer/produceron both This One’s For You (Warner Bros.) and Second You (Amblin). Michele mentors for the Sundance Institute, Outfest, and Imagine Impact, and is honored to be the current Vice President of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW).

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NEAL MCDOUGALL (CANADA)

Neal McDougall is Acting Co-Executive Director and Director of Policy at the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC). Since 2013, he has advocated for Canadian screenwriters in policy proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), federal Parliamentary proceedings, and with funding bodies and elected officials. Prior to that, Neal worked in policy and program development at the Canada Media Fund. He has worked as a professional screenwriter himself and was an award-winning student filmmaker. Neal holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University, where he studied film and video production.

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MACIEJ KARPINSKI (POLAND)

Maciej Karpinskiis considered one of Poland’s leading screenwriters and the author of several books, including An Imperfect Reflection, on screenwriting. His work includes more than 20 feature films, produced in Poland and abroad, and in collaboration with many internationally acclaimed directors, among them Agnieszka Holland, Solitary Woman, Andrzej Wajda, Nastassya, The Ring with the Crowned Eagle, Marta Meszaros, Daughters of Luck, and Volker Schlondorf, Strike. Maciej is the recipient of the Prix Europa for the TV feature The Miracle of Purim and multiple awards worldwide for the political thriller Little Rose (2011) – the sequel of which is now in production. He is Vice President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and a member of European Film Academy.  

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METTE HEENO (DENMARK)

Mette Heeno (1976), graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a scriptwriter in 2001 and has been a board member of the Danish Writers Guild for the past 7 years. She has written more than 20 feature films and TV series, including All Inclusive(feature), Park Road (TV2), Splitting Up Together (TV2)and Snow Angels (SVT/DR). Mette is currently in production with her new show Carmen Curlersfor DR.

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TERESA DE ROSENDO (SPAIN)

Teresa de Rosendo is one of the writers on the supernatural dramatic series Alma (Netflix). She was the showrunner of The Neighbour (Netflix), and associate producer of the TV series Mentiras Pasajeras, produced by Almodovar's production company for Paramount+. Her second movie, Nowhere, will be released on Netflix this year. Teresa also co-wrote the book Target: Writers’ Room, comparing the ways writers’ work is organized in the US and Spain.

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LUCÍA CARRERAS (MEXICO) 

Lucía Carreras debuted as a writer and director on the feature film Nos vemos, papá(2011). She co-wrote the films Leap Year (Rowe, 2010), and La Jaula de Oro (Quemada-Diez, 2013) for which she received the Ariel Award for Best Original Screenplay. She has received several other national and international awards and her 2nd feature, The Greatest House in the World (2015), premiered at the Berlinale. Tamara y la Catarina (2016), which she wrote and directed, premiered at TIFF. Lucía produced the feature films Nudo Mixteco (Cruz, 2020) and Posthumous, currently in postproduction and also written and directed by her. She is the current Chairwoman of the board of directors of Tinta Society of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Writers Mexico. 

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MEREDITH STIEHM (USA)

Meredith Stiehm has been a Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) member since 1994 and served on its Board of Directors for six years before becoming President in 2021. She was a writer and executive producer of Homeland (Showtime) for five years—winning the Emmy, Golden Globe, Writers Guild, and Peabody Awards for drama series. She was the co-creator and executive producer of the US version of The Bridge (FX), winner of a 2013 Peabody Award; and creator and executive producer of the drama series Cold Case, which ran for seven years on CBS. Other writing credits include NYPD Blue (Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a drama series) and ER (two Emmy nominations for outstanding drama series). Meredith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English/Playwriting.

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LOWELL PETERSON (USA) 

Lowell Peterson has been Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO since 2008. Peterson’s vision is a Guild that can be the center of writers’ creative and professional lives, even as the distribution, financial, and artistic models continue to change. He continues to lead an effort to bring more diversity to writing rooms and newsrooms in New York. Under his leadership, the Guild’s organizing and communications capacity have been greatly expanded, the union has welcomed many new members, and has negotiated ground-breaking collective bargaining agreements in television, streaming, feature film, podcasts, and online media. 

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MITESH SHAH (INDIA) 

Mitesh Shah is a Screenwriter, Producer and Script Consultant based in Mumbai, India. His screenwriting work includes a long list of television shows and, more recently, films such as Tumbbad and Helicopter Eela. His upcoming projects are the official Indian adaption of The Intern and a web-series titled Gulkanda Tales. He is the Co-Producer of Tumbbad, Executive Producer of Ship of Theseus, and a Script Consultant for SonyLiv, one of India's leading streaming platforms. Mitesh is serving his second term as an elected Executive Committee member of the Screenwriters Association of India (SWA) and is also the Chairperson of its Education Sub-Committee. 

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JENNIFER DAVIDSON (IRELAND)  

Chair of the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) since 2020, Jennifer writes for Ireland’s national soap opera, Fair City, having been a core member of the writing team since 2012. She also has a number of original series in development. Jennifer is an experienced screenwriter with a background in documentary production and development. Having spent almost 20 years working for several of Ireland’s top independent production companies, securing commissions for a wide range of programmes, her years spent encouraging other people to have their stories told on screen informs her work as a writer. A fierce advocate for Irish writers through her work with the Guild, she has originated and run a wide number of training and development initiatives for new writers.  

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NADAV BEN SIMON (ISRAEL) 

Nadav Ben Simon has been a board member of the Screenwriters Guild of Israel (SGI) since 2012 and was elected Chairman in January 2021. Nadav has 15 years of experience as a TV screenwriter. His works include Israel's most popular children’s tv shows such as Elisha, and House of Dogs. He is also a co-writer on Nickelodeon's Spyders, which airs in 68 countries worldwide. He created and wrote the sitcom Abouia and has acted as co-writer on many more shows. For the past year, Nadav has been the Story Editor on Sisu ve'Simchu (Sisoo Vesimchoo) for Israel's national broadcaster KAN and is currently writing a crime feature.

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ANJUM RAJABALI (INDIA)

Anjum Rajabali founded the Progressive Writers Group in 2006, which has steered the Screenwriters Association (SWA), the leading guild for Indian screenwriters, since then and heads the committees for a Minimum Basic Contract, and Legal Aid. Anjum became a screenwriter in 1992 and has written 11 films. In 2004, he set up India’s first screenwriting department at the Film & TV Institute of India and ran it for 12 years. He regularly conducts screenwriting workshops in India and abroad, and has convened several national conferences, seminars, fellowships, contests, and labs for Indian screenwriters. Anjum is also the Chairperson of the Screenwriters Rights Association of India, the CMO for Indian screenwriters.

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MARIE ØSTERBYE (DENMARK)

Marie Østerbye (1975) is a Danish screenwriter who worked on all five seasons of Rita (Netflix), the final season as Showrunner. She has also written for shows such as The Rain, When the Dust Settles, and Splitting up Together. She is the co-creator of the drama Deliver Us (DR) and has also written for feature films, including the comedy Almost Perfect. She currently has a new comedy feature in production as a Swedish Netflix original. Marie holds a Master’s degree in Dramaturgy and Nordic Language and Literature and also works as a Script Consultant. 

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FIONA SAMUEL (AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND) 

Fiona Samuel is an award-winning writer and director for television and film. Initially trained as an actor, Fiona moved behind the camera as a writer-director to gain more agency in her work and take charge of the narrative. In a three-decade career, she has created a body of work that puts the female experience front and centre, from her ground-breaking dramatic television series The Marching Girls, featuring ten young female leads, to an acclaimed trilogy of feature-length dramas: Piece of My Heart; Bliss; and Consent. Fiona is an NZ Arts Foundation Laureate, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and theatre, and the Co-President of the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG)

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SABELO MGIDI (SOUTH AFRICA)

Sabelo “Subz” Mgidi is a well-known screenwriter from Johannesburg and the author of three novels: The Split of Gary Oliver; The Exit Interview; and The Gautrain Heist, currently in development with Netflix as a six-episode series. Subz began screenwriting in 2013 and in 2019 was contracted as Head Writer for the hit Netflix show Kings of Joburg. It was the number one series on Netflix in numerous countries including South Africa, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Australia. Kings of Joburg won Best TV Series (Africa) at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards 2021 (HAPA 21). His debut film, Silverton Siege (2022), is an action-packed blockbuster which opened at number two globally on Netflix and reached number three domestically in the USA.

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EVA NOVRUP REDVALL (DENMARK)

Eva Novrup Redvall is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen where she heads the Department for Film Studies and Creative Media Industries. Her research focuses on film and television screenwriting and production. She is currently Principal Investigator for the research project Reaching Young Audiences on fiction for children, tweens and teens. In addition to her academic work, she is on the board of The Danish Film Institute and a film critic for the newspaper Information

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